Great American Business Leaders

May 17th, 2004 by Julie Ferguson

Harvard Business School has compiled a database of 20th century American business leaders searchable by name, birthplace, industry, era, gender, ethnicity, and education. Many are the obvious names you might expect to see on such a list…but there are some lesser known names that are interesting to explore.

The creators spent more than two years compiling the database. It’s a project of the Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative, and the impetus was “the desire to better understand how business leadership legacies are developed and nurtured over time. Understanding what we can learn from the past will undoubtedly assist us in better preparing leaders for tomorrow.”